Canada’s Ashley Lawrence aims for European honors with PSG

Ashley Lawrence

Week by week, teams around the world get closer to the midway point of the first half of the season in all competitions, CONCACAF said.

It said last Friday that this is the case for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Jamaican-Canadian international Ashley Lawrence.

The 27-year-old defender – whose father is originally from Jamaica and mother from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada – has been with PSG since 2017, according to CONCACAF.

It said Lawrence has established herself as “one of the key players for the Parisian side.”

CONCACAF said while Lawrence has won the French Cup and the Division 1 Feminine title, she is “aiming to win more this season across France and Europe.

“Lawrence is used to the pressure of competing for titles in international competitions, having also been an important member of the Canada Women’s National Team that won the Bronze Medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and then the Gold Medal at Tokyo 2020,” CONCACAF said.

“Lawrence and Canada also finished as runners-up earlier this year in Monterrey at the CONCACAF W Championship, earning a spot to battle for a place in Paris 2024, while also qualifying for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand,” it added.

For Lawrence and PSG, CONCACAF said one of the goals for this season was to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, in which PSG has gotten as far as the Final back in 2016-17.

After a successful first round in the qualifiers, PSG were drawn with Swedish side BK Hacken in round two in an attempt to reach the group stage, CONCACAF said.

It said Lawrence was a starter in the first leg of the qualifiers, “showing why she is one of the pillars of the team, helping PSG win 2-1.”

In the second leg, CONCACAF said Lawrence “once again got the nod in the starting XI, helping her team claim the victory they needed to play the UWCL, downing BK Hacken 2-0 and sending a message to the rest of their European rivals.”

CONCACAF said next up for Lawrence and PSG is a return to domestic action and a chance to rise up to first place in the Division 1 Femenine in which they currently sit in second.

“Their next match will be on Sunday against Le Havre, and no doubt the Canadian and her teammates will be taking the field to demonstrate that they mean business across both domestic and international competitions,” CONCACAF said.

Ashley Elizabeth Marie Lawrence (born June 11, 1995) is a professional soccer player, who plays as a full-back or a midfielder for Division 1 Féminine club PSG and the Canadian national team.

Lawrence played college soccer at West Virginia University for the Mountaineers, where she co-captained the team, and won numerous accolades.

In June 2016, Lawrence signed with Vaughan Azzurri of League Ontario to get game action prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Wikipedia said. It said she also played for Ottawa Fury in 2014.

“Upon graduating from West Virginia University, Lawrence was a highly rated prospect prior to the 2017 NWSL College Draft,” said Wikipedia, adding that, in January 2017, Lawrence signed with PSG in Division 1 Féminine, with a contract that lasts until 2019.

In December 2018, Lawrence would sign a multi-year contract extension with PSG, Wikipedia said.

Lawrence made her debut for Canada against China PR during the 2013 Yongchuan Cup. In August 2016, she won the bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to Wikipedia.

On Aug. 2, 2021, Lawrence played her 100th match for Canada in the semi-finals of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

“At 116:56 of the Olympic final, she cleared away a Swedish cross on her own goal line to prevent a header goal,” a report said. “Canada went on to win the match in the penalty shoot-out.”